Roman Catholic Diocese of Krk

The Diocese of Krk (Croatian: Krčka biskupija; Latin: Dioecesis Veglensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church active on the Croatian islands of Krk, Rab, Cres and Lošinj, as well as a few smaller ones and also a mission serving the Croatian people of New York: Blessed Ivan Merz in Astoria NY under the Brooklyn Diocese. The diocese is centred in the town of Krk. It was first erected in 900.[1][2]

Diocese of Krk

Dioecesis Veglensis

Krčka biskupija
Country Croatia
Ecclesiastical provinceRijeka
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Rijeka
Area1,119 km2 (432 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2013)
35,499 (87.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established900 AD
CathedralCathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Krk
Patron saintSaint Quirinus of Sescia
Current leadership
BishopIvica Petanjak, O.F.M. Cap. Bishop of Krk
Metropolitan ArchbishopIvan Devčić Archbishop of Rijeka
Bishops emeritusValter Župan

Under bishop Antun Mahnić (1896-1920) the Altslawi academy was established in 1902, and existed until 1927.

Currently, Bishop Ivica Petanjak is head of the diocese. The diocese's patron is Saint Quirinus of Sescia (locally called Sveti Kvirin).


The Diocese of Krk was known historically as Veglia, its Italian name. In the year 1000 it had a bishop, Vitalis, who was present at a synod in Spoleto. Pope Eugene III made it a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Zara; for a period from 1828 it was under the Archdiocese of Görz. Bartholomaus Bozarich was present at the assembly of bishops in 1849 and his successor was a member of the First Vatican Council.

Ossero and Veglia were united in 1818. The Diocese of Ossero (Lusin, Absor, Auxerensis), with its see at Osor, was older; Pope John VIII wrote to its bishop in 870. The fifty-fifth bishop, Raccamarich, was transferred to the Diocese of Cattaro in 1818.

The Diocese of Arbe or Rab was even older. Its first known bishop attended a council at Salona in 530. The fifty-eight bishop, Galzigna (d. in 1823), was also the last, as his diocese was then merged into that of Veglia.[3][4]



  • Daniele Farlati, Illyrici sacri, V (Venice, 1775); Veglia, 294-316, 639-47; Ossero, 182-223; Arbe, 223-294;
  • Augustin Theiner, Monumenta Slavorum meridionalium, hist. illustr. (Rome, 1863), 46, 79 sq., 107 sq., 112, 122, 163, 323, 422 sq., 432 sq., 519 sq., 575, 581, 613 sq.;
  • Mon. Hung. Rom., I (1859): Veglia, 425, 110, 112, 195, 220 sq., 323, 539 sq., Absor, 573, Arbe, 247, 281 sq.


  1. ^ "Diocese of Krk (Veglia)" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Krk" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article Diocese of Veglia
  4. ^ "Diocese of Arbe (Rab)". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Bishop Giorgio Giorgicci" Catholic– David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 29, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Stefano David" Catholic– David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 9, 2016

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Coordinates: 45°01′33″N 14°34′32″E / 45.0258°N 14.5755°E / 45.0258; 14.5755